On Monday, February 10, I submitted the necessary paperwork with the Craven County Board of Elections to stand for re-election to the Craven County Board of Commissioners, representing the residents of District 4, including Trent Woods, River Bend and portions of the City of New Bern. By noon on February 28th, the end of the filing period for the upcoming elections, no other person filed to seek the position of County Commissioner for District 4. As such, it appears I will be given the opportunity to serve the people of Craven County for another four year term.
In 2010, the voters supported my efforts to win a seat on the Craven County Board of Commissioners. Since taking office in 2010, I have worked along with the other members of the Board to institute meaningful change in Craven County. While we have done much to improve local government, I believe more can be done.
Over the past three years, the Craven County Board of Commissioners has moved swiftly to bring fiscal accountability to local government. Long-standing contracts were put out for competitive bid. Employees who enjoyed little oversight and large salaries were dismissed. Financial records and the actions of our government were made available for all to see. And, in each of the last two years we have been able to cut property tax rates. These actions were all taken with a desire to return our government back to the people of Craven County.
Throughout much of 2013, I had the opportunity to serve as chairman of the Board of Commissioners and worked to bring closure to a number of issues that had been left unresolved for many years. As we begin 2014, we do so with a sound economic development plan for the county and a strengthened advocacy effort to protect the jobs at Marine Corps Air Station-Cherry Point and the Fleet Readiness Center – East. We can also be confident that we have restored the principle of one-person-one-vote to our election process by making each of the seven commissioners districts equal in population – something that had not been done for over 20 years.
As we move toward our upcoming elections it is my hope to have the opportunity to continue to serve the citizens of Craven County. I want you to know I will continue to work for a more efficient and effective county government for the remainder of my current term and for another four years, if re-elected.
Consistent with my pledge to you in 2010, I will continue to hold town hall listening sessions each month throughout District 4, as I have since taking office. Please see the section below to find out when my next town hall meeting will take place.
If you would like to share your thoughts with me concerning my re-election or any other matter, please do so by writing me at email@example.com.
Thank you for your time, and I look forward to continuing to serve you on the Craven County Board of Commissioners.